MAC Cosmetics Face of the Day: A Smokey Eye with MAC Pigment in Purple

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD)


So, I’m trying to figure out what makeup look to wear to the midnight Sex and the City show tonight. Purple + smokey eye = a lil’ bit out of my comfort zone, but I thought I’d give it a whirl.



Like the coral and brown eye I did a few days ago, this look also required two layers.

Eye Makeup Tip: Layering extends the staying power of your eyeshadow and provides extra dimension. Try starting with a layer of a cream product — I like MAC Paint Pots, MAC Paint and MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl — and applying a powdered eyeshadow on top of the cream.

The first layer of eye makeup…

  1. MAC Girl Friendly Paint Pot on the browbone
  2. MAC Nice Vice Paint Pot on the lid


The second layer of eye makeup…

  1. Estee Lauder Blushing Goddess Pure Color Eyeshadow on the browbone
  2. MAC Pink Pearl Pigment on the lid
  3. MAC Your Ladyship Pigment on the inner third of the entire eye
  4. MAC Smoke Signal Pigment on the outer V and lower lash line
  5. MAC Blitz and Glitz Fluidline on the upper lash line
  6. MAC Technakohl in Graphblack on the upper and lower waterlines




To complete the look…


  • MAC Zoomblack Zoomlash mascara


  • MAC Concrete eyeshadow

Those dreaded dark circles

  • MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer in NW 25
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder #2


  • Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation in Suntan Beige on the face
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder





I think I finally decided on a pair of shoes for the movie tonight! These heels are by Banana Republic. I got them on sale a few years ago. They’re comfy, but since they’re heels and I’ll be wearing them all day long, I covered my toes with a shizz load of moleskin (to prevent blisters). Gotta keep my feeties comfy!

I have never been to a midnight movie before, so I’m really excited, albeit a little worried that I might fall asleep. I’m usually in bed by 11:00. Night owls, please send me your mojo!


Are you planning to watch the movie tonight or this weekend? Do you think it’s gonna be good?

I wish we all lived closer and could watch the movie together. No offense to El Hub… 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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  1. Heather says:

    I love this look! So pretty. I am going to see SATC on Sunday with my mom. We are going to do brunch & the movie. Sooo excited!!!

  2. beautytalk says:

    I LOVE THIS! I’m going to try this since I have most of the products.

  3. Julia says:

    I’m going Friday night, after dinner and cosmos with my sister-in-law. So excited! You look great, I love the look!

  4. Bridget says:

    That does look pretty! I think it’s perfect to wear for the movie, and love the shoes too! You’re giving me inspiration…haha

    I may end up going to this alone seeing as I have very few girlfriends and they don’t live very close. 🙁 But I’d rather see it alone then with a boy who doesn’t want to be there.haha Sadly there is no midnight showing(thankfully they had it for HP) so I’ll be seeing it tomorrow!

    By the way… the way you add all the layers and shade your eye shadow is amazing.haha Makeup really is an art, isn’t it!

    Bridgets last blog post..I’m sorry for the rain!

  5. Mariah says:

    GORGEOUS! I love, love, love this look! Granted, purple is my fav color, but I LOVE what you’ve done with it! And how smoky it is! And how well it suits you!! HOT!

    I hope the movie goes well for you! I’ve been to several midnight showings of things before (Hello Star Wars!) and it’s awesome because the people that are there are real fans and will laugh at all the stuff you’ll laugh at! It’s fantastic!

    I’m a natural night owl, and I napped today so I can stay up all night working on a 15 min report that I have to do tomorrow on South Park. But I always have extra awakeness (and diet RedBulls) at night to share so I’ll telepathically send you some!! ~~~~~ <-telepathic waves, LOL!

    Mariahs last blog post..FAIL

  6. Crystal says:

    Awww Karen you look HOT! I wish I could wear purples more often, I tried a purple look this weekend and just looked SO washed out and gross.. I washed it off in the middle of the day and started over 🙂 BUT about Sex and the City.. oh my goodness I’m beyond excited 🙂 I have to pick out a killer pair of shoes to wear tomorrow ! woo hoo

  7. Dao says:

    Purrdy! I started to love purple recently after discovering the dark purple only makes me look like I have black eyes (wrong shade!) I totally dig the lighter lavender shades and pair them with pinks like Jardin Aires. This is so pretty! Have fun with the movies!

  8. LaurenIvy says:

    I absolutely LOVE midnight movie showings. It’s my fun thing to do; I’ve been to like 5 or 6! It’s really fun…get there early, though. The only downside is that most people don’t go to the first showing so usually I’m the only first one of my friends who’s seen the movie, and I always want to give details away before they get a chance to go!

  9. Karen says:

    Hi Heather,

    That’s so cute that your mom is also a fan of the show. 🙂 Have fun on your “date”! Are you going to dress up?

  10. Karen says:

    Hi BeautyTalk,

    Sweet! Let me know how it turns out. 🙂

  11. Karen says:

    Hi Julia,

    I’m still feel like I have a long way to go with purples, so thank you for saying that! It makes me feel better about the look. 🙂

    Have fun on your SATC date with your sister-in-law. Are you guys close?

  12. Karen says:

    Hi Bridget,

    I will be with you in spirit when you watch it tomorrow! I was originally going to go alone, too. (Chocolate bribery goes a long way with El Hub). My best gal pal lives over the bridge, so I will probably see it with her again next week.

    Makeup it really is an art form. I am constantly amazed and inspired by what people create using brushes and different products!

  13. Karen says:

    Hi Mariah,

    Thanks, girlfriend. I was feeling a lil’ goofy earlier about the look but now I am started to get more comfortable with it. 🙂

    If left to my own devices I’m usually a night owl, too, but I’ve gotten so used to getting to bed early so that I can write early in the morning. I love the night life, I love to boogie… on the disco round, oh yeah!

    By the way, I love that you have to do a report on South Park! What’s it’s about?

  14. Karen says:

    Hi Crystal,

    You should keep trying with the purples. 🙂 It’s a color that I find challenging, too, (and I still don’t feel 100% confident about it). I’ve found that playing with the colors at home helps a ton (like if I’m just sitting there watching TV, I’ll try looks just for fun). Another thing that also helps is avoid the over blending trap. I’ve found that if I blend too much it just makes a big, purple mess. 🙂

    Who are you going to watch the movie with tomorrow? I can’t wait to hear about your shoes, as I am hopelessly addicted to accessories!

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    I have Jardin Aires, but I have yet to try it. I will have to try that combo this weekend. 🙂

  16. Karen says:

    Hi LaurenIvy,

    Thanks for the tip… I’ll get there early, for sure, because I’m a stickler about getting a good seat. I just realized that I’ve never eaten movie popcorn at midnight! There’s a first time for everything. 🙂

  17. Lilan says:

    You’re rockin’ the purple, girl! I dunno why you’re so afraid of lookin’ like Barney – it’s completely fabulous on you!!!

    I’m going to see the movie this weekend, although I wish I could catch a midnight show with you. I ain’t gots no mojo for ya 🙁

    Have fun Karen and hopefully you don’t dish about the movie on your site before I see it 😉 I’ll just check the RSS reader before I pop on by, ya?

    Happy Thursday!

    Lilans last blog post..Sex and the City: In Theaters Very, Very Soon!

  18. Anna says:

    You look fab Karen…I’m loving the purples !!!

    Have fun at the midnight screening !

    I’ve seen it and its great !!!! Full of laughs and the outfitd are to die for…especially the wedding dresses !!!!!We then went to a resturant and had bucketloads of Mojitos and of course cosmos !!

  19. Jess says:

    Have fun at the movie tonight Karen! One of these days when I’m in the bay area on business we’ll have to catch a flick.

  20. I’m going tonight too. I have work at 09:45 in the morning tomorrow. I’m wearing all black. And I’m doing pink and black smokey eyes! <3 I can’t wait Karen… Tell me how u like it tomorrow

    <3SATC Lovin<3

    i♥makeups last blog post..LFW Part 1: Make-up Artists Tell Us How To Achieve Runway Looks

  21. vivien says:

    This is like my favorite look you’ve done. The purple looks AMAZING with your skintone and ur hat and ur earrings are so damn cute!! I sooo wanted to go to the midnight showing tonight, but I’ve had lifeguard training 10 hours a day for the past 3 days and I am like absolutely dead, so I will be sleeping instead!! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the movie!!!

  22. Karen says:

    Hi Lilan,

    Thanks! I guess when it gets all smokey I’m afraid of looking like I’ve got a black eye. It’s one of those colors that’s kinda hit or miss for me.

    Have fun this weekend watching the film. Drink a cosmo for me!

  23. Karen says:

    Hi Anna,

    I can’t wait! T-minus three hours. It sounds like you and your friends had so much fun. Ya can’t go wrong with SATC and a mojito or two. 😉

  24. Karen says:

    Hi Jess,

    Thanks, girl! I’ll eat some popcorn in your honor. You know I’m a movie fan so I’m always down to watch one when you’re in my hood. 🙂 Have a great evening.

  25. Karen says:

    Hi Iheartmakeup,

    Woot! Oh… pink and black smokey eye. I’ve never, ever, tried that. What products are you using?

  26. Karen says:

    Hi Vivien,

    Thanks, hon! I’m kinda addicted to accessories (hats and earrings, especially…oh, and can’t forget the shoes!). It sounds like you’ve been working hard for the past few days; good for you! One of my roommates in college was a lifeguard and from what I remember training is very vigorous. Will you be guarding at a pool or at the beach?

    Have a great night. I’ll be sure to share the deets with you on the movie tomorrow.

  27. Marisol says:

    As Samantha would say “You look fabulous!”

    Have a great time!

    Marisols last blog post..I heart San Francisco

  28. Glosslizard says:

    Hi Karen!

    I love that look! I think you pull it off beautifully, it doesn’t look extreme to me at all! I think hats just cry out for vivid lips or eyes! 🙂

    Have a great time at the movie! I would love to see it with friends, but I want to catch up on all the TV shows first!

  29. Mukho says:

    Hi Karen!
    Looking great! I have to say, you make these intricate blending works look so simple! It all appeared very complicated when I looked at your shade guide diagram, but the finished look has a feel of effortless perfection. I hope you have a rocking time at the movies 🙂
    Karen, could you please do an explanatory post on smokey eyes, putting in stuff like what exactly defines a smokey, the color combos one can use and any looks appropriate for conservative workplaces. Thanks a lot!

    Mukhos last blog post..Tagged – All about my beauty booty!!!

  30. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    Thanks! 🙂 Oh boy, I’m supposed to leave the house in an hour and both El Hub and El Tabz are both sound asleep in the living room. This is what I get for not going with girls to the SATC movie, LOL.

    Have a fantastic Friday!

  31. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    You have to get all the DVDs and watch them on a weekend when the kids aren’t around (lest you want The Imps to start asking you questions that you may not be ready to hear). Oh, and you have to be ready to drool over some fabulous shoes. 🙂

    BTW, Tabs says hi. He decided to come by today to grace me with his presence and eat some tuna.

  32. Karen says:

    Hi Mukho,

    Sure! I’ve been wanting to do a few more how-to posts so I’d love to do that!

    Hope you’re having a good week… and try that purple eye sometime. 🙂

  33. Ping. says:

    hey!! hows the movie was it good? haha i shall give you some mojo jojo.. hehe love your make up too.. oh yeah i wanted to get mac pigment, any reccomendation for my first virgin colour? hehe i’m eyeing naked or melon. thanks! hehe

  34. Adina says:

    Out of your comfort zone?! Karen, you look smoking hot! Very fierce and very apropos. Let us know how your evening went!

  35. Hillary says:

    Karen, you look so cute!!! You remind me of a modern-day Fly Girl, which, for our generation, is quite a compliment. 🙂 I am going to see SATC next weekend as part of a girl’s night. I don’t have HBO, so all I’ve seen are a few reruns, but I’m still looking forward to the movie. Have fun!

  36. Glosslizard says:

    I know, I really want to get in the loop one of these days!

    Yay! Hi Tabs!

  37. Eru says:

    ~Wow dear!! You look HAWT!!!! 😀

  38. Erin says:

    This look should be firmly inside your comfort zone from now on cause it is bangin’ on you! Have fun tonight!!

  39. Amanda says:

    I love purple, and a purple smokey eye is one of my favorites! (I’ve been doing a more simple version with mac’s violet pigment). I think you have perfect SATC makeup, and heels. How was the movie? I’m going tonight-I think I’m going to do a smokey eye also, but with grey. and I’m wearing teal pumps that are crocodile embossed. 🙂

  40. Megan says:

    Gorgeous Karen!!! And i think that would be so much fun… SATC with all the MABB girls!

  41. Natasha says:

    Very hip look. The right theme for SATC. Love the purples on you. You are positively glowin Gal! Enjoy the movie 🙂 Sending you tonnes of midnight mojo from Singapore. 🙂

  42. Karen B says:

    That purple looks fierce on you! Very Sex and the City-appropriate 🙂

    Karen Bs last blog post..Art journal

  43. Karen says:

    Hi Ping,

    The movie was great! I did get sleepy around about an hour and a half into the film (at around 2 am!).

    For your first MAC Pigment, I vote for Melon. It’s pretty and versatile (I love it just on it’s own). Do you have a good brush for it? Cause that’s important, too.

  44. Karen says:

    Hi Adina,

    Happy Friday! It was a lot of fun. There were so many women dressed up… and an equal amount of semi-grumpy looking boyfriend/husband types, too, LOL. I ate a ton of popcorn, cried a lil’, and overall really enjoyed both the movie and my first experience of going to a midnight showing. How’s your Friday been?

  45. Karen says:

    Hi Hillary,

    I totally wanted to be a Fly Girl when I was in eighth grade. Seriously! 🙂 The movie is great; I think also, though, that the experience of being with friends and celebrating these characters is also a big highlight for those going to the film. You’ll have so much fun during your girl’s night out! Drink a cosmo for me. 🙂

  46. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    Aww… he sends some affectionate kitty bites your way. Last night, when I was putting on makeup, he kept jumping up onto the sink and getting in the mix! Good thing I had all my pigment jars shut tight. It would’ve been a cloud of pink, purple, and cat! He also seems very curious about the brushes. Hmmm.

    Hope you’re having a great Friday so far. 🙂

  47. Karen says:

    Hi Eru,

    Thanks my dear! I hope to finally become one with the purple someday,LOL! Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  48. Karen says:

    Hi Erin,

    Thank you! Are a smokey eye person, too? Hope you’re having a good day so far. 🙂

  49. Karen says:

    Hi Amanda,

    OoOooo I have Violet too! What other colors do you use along with it to make your smokey eye?

    The movie was great! I thought it was true to the TV series. Bring tissue… cause you might get teary!

    One of these days you gotta tell me how you do your grey smokey eye. I tried doing one while back but found it very challenging. I ended up with a big mess of black on my eye and I looked like I got into a street fight. 🙁

  50. Karen says:

    Hi Megan,

    Oh! I wish would could all go together! We could all have cosmos and then go to the movie like a gang… a makeup gang! If somebody messed with us we’d just bust out our sticks of gloss and tell people to step off. LOL, I so need to get some more sleep!

  51. Karen says:

    Hi Natasha,

    Thanks for the mojo, girl! 🙂 At 2:00 am I always need it!

  52. Karen says:

    Hi Karen B.,

    Thanks hon! I’m finally becoming one with purple, LOL. Got any plans for the weekend?

  53. Karen B says:

    🙂 Purple is good.
    Not really. I’m gonna try to catch up on some of my sleep and study. Exams. I hate them. But the rewards will be sweet.. Disneyland, here I come!!!!

    Karen Bs last blog post..Art journal

  54. Dee says:

    Karen –

    Love the look! Are you still using a concealer as an eye base before you put any shadow on?


  55. Karen says:

    Hi Karen B.,

    Catching up on sleep sounds like a great way to spend the weekend. Will you be done with all of your tests soon? I hope so.

    I am jealous that you are heading to Disneyland! I love that place. What’s your favorite ride? Mine are The Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain. 🙂

  56. Karen says:

    Hi Dee,

    Thanks! Sometimes I do, if it’s handy. I also use Too Faced Shadow Insurance as a base if I need the look to lasts from day into night. Have you tried it before?

  57. Karen says:

    Hi Lydia,

    Thanks, girl! Hope you’re having a good weekend so far. 🙂

  58. kia says:

    bronzey purple.. love the lip color!

    kias last blog post..Yummy411: Boy/Girl Brow Set

  59. Karen says:

    Hiya Kia,

    Thanks girl! How’s your weekend been so far?

  60. Faye says:

    Hated the movie.

    But love your smokey purple look! Will have to try some of that, thanks!

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